JOHOR BARU: The Johor state government is ready to provide counselling to the brothers of Mohammad Dizhwar Dzaky (pic) who died after allegedly being abused by his stepmother.
Johor Women Development and Tourism Committee chairman Liow Cai Tung said Dizhwar's four-year-old brother and one-year-old stepbrother are still being held at the hospital for treatment and medical investigation.
"We are awaiting medical reports to determine whether the children were victims of abuse," she said on Saturday (Dec 29).
Liow added that the Welfare Department is ready to get a court order to have the children sent to a child protection shelter for counselling.
She added that she was devastated when she found out about the news and would ensure that the children receive necessary assistance to cope with the situation, especially in terms of emotional and mental support.
Meanwhile, Johor Baru (South) Deputy OCPD Supt Mohd Afzanizam Yahaya said early investigation showed that there were bruises on the cheeks and forehead of Dizhwar's four-year-old brother.
He, however, said that there were no indications that his one-year-old stepbrother was abused.
"The children are still in the hospital at the moment and the case is still under investigation.
"We may increase the remand period of Dizhwar's stepmother and father if necessary," he said when contacted on Saturday (Dec 29).
He added that initial investigations of the wounds found on the body of five-year-old Dizhwar and his four-year-old brother suggested the suspect used her hands and legs to abuse the children.
It was earlier reported that Mohammad Dizhwar was killed on Wednesday (Dec 26) after succumbing to injuries from abuse.
A post-mortem on Mohammad Dizhwar indicated that the five-year-old had died due to blunt force trauma to the abdomen.
The police have since remanded his 23-year-old Indonesian stepmother and 33-year-old father until Jan 2 to assist with investigation under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
The case is also being investigated under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001.